Kale, Broccoli, and Minted Pea Detox Soup

Detox Soup This kale, broccoli and minted pea soup is insanely detoxifying and loaded with good-for-you ingredients. We know how great those green veggies are, plus I have added ginger, lemon, onion, cayenne, garlic, and turmeric for added anti-inflammatory, metabolism boosting, antioxidant and cancer prevention benefits. I love making this soup after a weekend of too much eating (and maybe drinking) to make sure I’m counter balancing with those extra green veggies!

Ingredients:

• 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil + more for serving
• 1 yellow onion
• 1/2 inch nob fresh ginger, chopped or 1/2 tsp ground ginger
• 1/2 tsp fresh or ground turmeric
• 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
• 1 head broccoli, chopped (about 2 1/2 cups)
• 3 cups packed kale
• 2 cups fresh or frozen peas
• 1 quart low sodium organic vegetable or chicken stock (homemade is great too!)
• 1 cup fresh spinach (optional)
• the leaves of 3 sprigs fresh mint (about 2 tbsp)
• juice of 1/2 a lemon
• salt and pepper to taste

Serves 6-8

Directions:

1.In a big stock pot, heat olive oil over medium heat.Add chopped onion and a pinch of salt and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Then, stir fresh ginger, turmeric and garlic. Cook for 30 seconds.

2. To the pot add your broccoli, kale, peas, and stock. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer for 4-5 minutes or until broccoli is cooked through. Once it is cooked add your spinach and mint.

3. Using a stick blender or regular blender carefully blend soup until smooth. I like to add a good amount of veggies into a blender with 2 ladles of stock. You might need to do this in several batches.

4. Season soup with salt and pepper and more lemon juice if desired. Serve with tasty extra virgin olive oil and your favourite sprouted chip or crunchy chickpeas! Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Turmeric Latte

Turmeric Latte
When I first began recipe testing for a golden latte, I realized quickly that I hadn’t tried enough of them to know what they should truly taste like. I know what is most important is that it tastes good, but I also wanted the concoction to be reminiscent to what has been a popular drink for centuries in India known as ‘Haldi dhoodh’. So after ordering enough turmeric lattes for a lifetime, I realized that most of them tasted delicious and my favourites had other spices to counteract the overpowering turmeric taste. Not only is this drink an anti inflammatory and immune boosting elixir, but it is also a tasty soothing coffee or tea alternative. I personally enjoy it as a soothing afternoon treat but anytime of day works!

Ingredients:

• 1 tsp fresh turmeric root, peeled* and grated (ground turmeric will work as well)
• 1 tsp fresh ginger root, peeled* and grated (ground ginger will work as well)
• 1/2 tsp cinnamon
• 1 tsp maple syrup
• 1/2 tsp coconut oil
• pinch of freshly ground black pepper
• pinch of pink himalayan sea salt
• 1 cup hot dairy free milk of choice, homemade is best!

*use a back of a spoon to peel!

Directions:

1. Warm dairy free milk in a pot.
2. Add all ingredients into a high power blender. Blend until smooth and frothy. If you didn’t grate your fresh ginger or turmeric, you might need to blend a few times for a smooth consistency.
3. Serve with a cinnamon stick.

Turmeric Latte

Superfood Hot Chocolate

Superfood Hot Chocolate
So it’s now two weeks into 2016 and I figured it is a good time to check in on your resolutions and share some of my own. As we settle back into our routines after a relaxing holiday, it is a perfect time to think about the goals we have set out for in 2016. One of my (many) New Year’s resolutions is to take a big step away from screens. Between cell phones, iPads and television I find that most of us have lost the ability to be fully present in our everyday lives. We feel insecure or lost without our gadgets, even when sitting at the dinner table. So to unplug in 2016, I have made a rule with my fiancé that there are no gadgets (including cell phones) after 10pm! I’m really ruining his score on Candy Crush but he hates to admit that he truly does enjoy a few hours of email-free serenity before bedtime.

​Another great way to replace some of that Netflix time (I repeat, only some) is to read. Yes reading for pleasure! With that cold winter chill and snowy roads nothing sounds better than curling up on the couch with a hot beverage and a book. A hot tea or lemon water is always a good idea but sometimes we crave something more luxurious and comforting. Remember that sugar doesn’t always go hand in hand with comfort. Actually, a sugary drink might leave you feeling tired halfway through that book. I am so excited that I have partnered with Truvia sweetener to bring you a superfood packed hot chocolate without any sugar. This stevia-based sweetener provides you with the sweetness of two teaspoons of sugar without added calories or the dreaded blood sugar swing! With the help of turmeric, cayenne and coconut oil this beverage provides anti-inflammatory, metabolism boosting and anti-bacterial benefits. So it’s time to order that book you’ve been meaning to read, and drink up this good-for-you hot chocolate.

Ps. For free samples of Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener head to Truvia.com/Canada/products/free_sample
Superfood Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

• 1/2 cup coconut milk
• 1 cup almond milk or non-dairy milk of choice
• 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
• 1 tsp maca powder
• 1 tsp coconut oil
• 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
• 1/2 tsp cinnamon
• pinch of cayenne powder
• 2 packets Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener

Directions:

1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring almond and coconut milk to a simmer.

2. Add cacao, maca, coconut oil, turmeric, cinnamon, cayenne and Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener. Whisk until well combined (about 2-3 minutes)

3. Carefully add mixture to a high speed blender. Blend for 30 seconds and pour into mugs. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve immediately.Superfood Hot Chocolate